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Adams congratulates President Higgins

11 November, 2011

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has extended his “solidarity and congratulations to President Michael D Higgins on his inauguration as Ireland’s 9th President.”

Mr Adams is in the USA to attend the annual Friends of Sinn Féin dinner in New York and to participate in the Boston-Northwest Golden Bridges conference in Boston.

Last night – Thursday – Mr Adams addressed 800 Irish Americans in the Sheraton Hotel in New York.

The Sinn Féin leader praised the positive contribution of Irish America to the peace process. He said this positivity can also be harnessed in the effort to regenerate the Irish economy. Mr Adams urged Irish America to actively participate in the Constitutional Convention that the Irish government is proposing to hold next year.

Mr. Adams said:

“As the inauguration of Michael D Higgins takes place it is important that we support the right of Irish citizens living in the north of Ireland and others in the diaspora who hold Irish passports, to vote in future Presidential elections.

“The Irish diaspora has been an indispensible supporter of the peace process. It has a vital contribution to make as we seek to reshape and reimagine Ireland in 21st century. As the centenary celebration of the 1916 Rising and of the Proclamation approaches there is a role for Irish America in commemorating these events.

“The diaspora also should be involved in the Constitutional Convention that the Irish government proposes to hold next year.

“Ireland is an island in transition; in part because of the peace process but also because of the economic crisis. There is an opportunity to build a new Ireland – a new Republic, and the diaspora can play a positive and constructive role in that.”

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